Author: Kendare Blake
Narrator: Kate Reading
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 15 minutes
Ares, god of war, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. Shes ready to wage a war of her own, and shes never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least shell have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.
Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she cant have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite. The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them all killed. The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they cant, fates far worse than death await.
Ungodly is the final novel in the Goddess War trilogy. After the cliffhanger ending at the end of Mortal Gods, I was excited to find out how this would conclude for the plot and characters. There was a lot to wrap up in this series. While a lot of questions are answered, there are still some minor details left unfinished, so it was not a perfect ending. It was still well worth the read though and a series I would recommend for others to try. (There no clear consensus for how people feel about this series, so it is best to read for you.)
In the previous novels, the characters were essentially divided in half as each side worked together to accomplish their goals. In this story, the characters are now divided into four camps after one side became separated for their individual journeys. Athena is in the Underworld trying to protect a trapped Odysseus. Hermes, Henry, and Andie are in the mortal world trying to find Athena. Achilles is no longer with them after his decisions at the end of book two. Then there is Cassandra and Calypso on a journey to find Hades. Along the way, Cassandra and Calypso stop looking for Hades in order to first find Thanatos, the god of death. He was an amazing addition and I love every single one of his pages. Originally, I was surprised that new characters were introduced in this novel considering it was the last one. However, the added characters worked well and fit into the narrative.
In this story, Athena remains a product of the story and not necessarily the familiar versions from other sources. I greatly enjoyed her character during the entire series and loved her more vulnerable side. While I may not have enjoyed it a lot in another story, it worked within the context of this series. She is dealing with her own mortality and is in an unfamiliar position so a lot of her decisions may not have aligned with her immortal ones. On the other hand, there is Cassandra, who continues to be angry and self-centered in this novel. While this novel gave her emotions a little more detail, it was still difficult to fully connect with the character. All of the other characters were all interesting and it is difficult to describe each one in detail without making a novel of my own. I love how each of them continued to surprise me and almost all of them were impossible to predict.
Overall, the fun part about this series is that even when I was most of the way through this novel, it kept me guessing. There are hints here and there throughout all three novels, but nothing is completely obvious. Some elements are more obvious than others, but not everything is clear to guess. The epilogue was excellent as it helped add a new piece to the conclusion and make the ending satisfying overall. The series as a whole was not perfect; however, it was still a very entertaining experience!